Ok. So we are back from our trip, but that was an intense expensive one. We left Canada and 4 hours later got in trouble with freezing rain, 2 miles on the approach. Landed safely in Belle Plain Iowa and Bruce was a champ. We had a heated hangar with a place to sleep in the hangar. Dirt cheap. Next day we had to dodge TS and lightning and we kept it low over Kansas and Atlanta under lightning. Landed for fuel an headed over to Fort Pierce for the life raft and some gas. Left the next morning for Turks and thats where it started to get interesting. Lost a vacuum pump on the way there. We decided to continue on and land in Turks. What a hidden fee we had to pay. Handling fee of $260US. They found us a place for $300US per person. We said no and found a local place for a $100US.
We decided the next day to continue on to Puerto Rico to get the vacuum pump replaced. There we were met with a guy in black pants and shinny shoes(Ching Ching, money).
Went through Customs and they took our beef jerky from Canada( we cleared customs twice with it). Got the vacuum pump replaced and received a nasty bill from the FBO for international garbage disposal ($260US). My blood is boiling. This after I payed the $460US handling fee and no gas yet.
I lost the argument and had to pay jerky bill. On the way to St Maarten we got a quote for the handling fees. ( At this point Im pissed and not in a mood to continue)
We landed safely and after a couple hundred, we were in a hotel. The view was great and we made it safely back in Saskatchewan.
All I can say is, be aware of the hidden costs and a quote from the islands.